Formed in 1982 by brothers Martyn and Steven Young, Colourbox drew on influences as varied as blues, soul, rock, dub and funk, they combined elements from each with movie dialogue and weird and wonderful samples.

Vocalist Debbion Currie was recruited to sing on their 1982 4AD debut "Breakdown"; Currie was replaced by Lorita Grahame in 1983.

After releasing the EP Coulorbox in 1983, they released a couple of singles and begun to work on their first full album, 'Colourbox', which garnered great reviews and topped the UK independent chart in 1985.
Colourbox's idiosyncratic approach to music left journalists struggling to pin down their identity; they deliberately stayed out of the spotlight and focused on refining their sound. Two singles followed in 1986; 'The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme' and a reworking of the Augustus Pablo track, 'Baby I Love You So'.

It was in 1987 that the Young brothers broke out of the indie charts as M|A|R|R|S, with the genre-defining track, 'Pump Up The Volume'. A collaboration with A.R. Kane, Chris CJ Mackintosh and Dave Dorrell, the single went from underground club anthem to UK National No.1. 'Pump Up The Volume' marked the beginning of the sampling era.
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Colourbox Discography


MAD 315 Colourbox Colourbox (MiniAlbum) 4AD MAD 315 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CAD 508, CAD-508, MAD-509 Colourbox Colourbox (Album, MiniAlbum) 4AD CAD 508, CAD-508, MAD-509 Australia 1985 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BAD 215 Colour Box* Breakdown 4AD BAD 215 UK 1982 Sell This Version
SP-12067 Colourbox Breakdown (Second Version) (Single) 4AD SP-12067 US 1983 Sell This Version
AD 406 Colourbox Punch 4AD AD 406 UK 1984 Sell This Version
AD 403 Colourbox Say You 4AD AD 403 UK 1984 Sell This Version
DRO-063 Colour Box* Shotgun(7", Single, Promo) DRO DRO-063 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
SA 1051 Colourbox The Moon Is Blue (Single) 4AD SA 1051 France 1984 Sell This Version
DJV 185 Colourbox Arena (Single) 4AD DJV 185 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
608 247-213, 608 247 Colourbox The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme (Single) 4AD 608 247-213, 608 247 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
BAD 604 Colourbox Featuring Lorita Grahame Colourbox Featuring Lorita Grahame - Baby I Love You So (Maxi, Single) 4AD BAD 604 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SOVE 2376 Colourbox You Keep Me Hanging On(2x12") Vertigo SOVE 2376 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
CBOX 1 M|A|R|R|S / Colourbox M|A|R|R|S / Colourbox - Pump Up The Volume / Looks Like We're Shy One Horse(12", Promo) 4AD CBOX 1 UK 2001 Sell This Version


834 221-4 Colourbox Colourbox (Comp) 4AD 834 221-4 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
GAD 2107 CD Colourbox Best Of 82-87 (Comp, Album) 4AD GAD 2107 CD Taiwan 2001 Sell This Version
CAD 3204 CD Colourbox Colourbox(4xCD, Comp, RM + Box) 4AD CAD 3204 CD UK 2012 Sell This Version
TAD 3443 Colourbox Music Of The Band (1982-1987)(CD, Comp, Ltd) 4AD TAD 3443 UK 2014 Sell This Version

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July 30, 2015
The greatest 'Eighties Band' ever !
Most folk go 'who' if I mention them but everyone remembers that PUTV record.
There were so MANY records at the time from ones by Sybil to Was [Not Was] that 'sampled' a bit from that tune.
I wonder if anyone has a coplete list of all the records that borrowed from it and became a hit themselves ?

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